10. 12. 2015.

UNESCO - Town Of Luang Prabang, Laos

Even though I was going to Laos myself (and thought mine will be the 1st card I receive from there) I did arrange a swap 'just in case' and received this card showing one of many wats in the beautiful Luang Prabang, danke Patrik! Its funny cos we just missed each other by days :)

Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
The many pagodas or "Vat" in Luang Prabang, which are among the most sophisticated Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, are richly decorated (sculptures, engravings, paintings, gilding and furniture pieces). Wat Xieng Thong, which dates from the 16th century, comprises an ensemble of the most complex structures of all the pagodas of the town. It is remarkable both from the archaeological point of view, and from the Lao iconographic and aesthetic viewpoint.

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